The founder of a large ministry in India that rescues orphans and abandoned children died on Saturday, the ministry reported.
Dr. M.A. Thomas, founder of Hopegivers International, passed away at the age of 74. Thomas had suffered a stroke in December 2008 that left him paralyzed on his right side, which affected his right eye, arm, leg and ability to swallow and speak. He also suffered from several bouts of pneumonia since then.
“Papa’s suffering has finally come to an end. Please join his family and friends as we thank God for a life that was so completely sold out to God; a life that daily breathed in God’s grace and exhaled prayers for thanksgiving for an opportunity to serve the God of the universe,” stated Hopegivers International in its announcement Saturday. more >>
As part of observing World AIDS Day on December 1, World Vision India organized a campaign to raise awareness about the rights of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
The campaign involved a float carrying awareness messages and stories of people living positive lives in spite of HIV.
"The stories were of their lives, their struggles and their dreams for their future. Through these stories, the message that there is life beyond HIV was conveyed," World Vision, an international Christian relief and development agency, stated. more >>
NEW DELHI (Compass Direct News) – More than two years after losing relatives and property in anti-Christian violence, there is no sense of relief among survivors in India’s Orissa state, as many are still ostracized and pressured to “return” to Hinduism, according to a private investigation.
“Despite the state administration’s claim of normalcy,” the preliminary report of a fact-finding team states, “a state of lawlessness and utter fear and sense of insecurity” prevails among Christians of Kandhamal district, which saw a major anti-Christian bloodbath in 2008.
The team, consisting of local attorney Nicholas Barla and another identified only as Brother Marcus, along with rights activists Jugal Kishore Ranjit and Ajay Kumar Singh, visited four villages in three blocks of Kandhamal on Nov. 5. more >>
NEW DELHI – The head of the worldwide Anglican Communion has expressed concern over the increase in violence against Christian minorities in India.
On his visit to Kolkatta on Saturday, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams said he would speak with leaders of other religious communities urging them to shun violence and promote peace.
“I am as concerned about the attacks on Christians as I would have been about attacks on people of other communities," stated the Anglican leader while interacting with the press. more >>
A Pentecostal pastor in the southern Indian state of Karnataka was arrested on charges of forceful conversion on Sunday.
Pastor Shivanda Siddi, 45, was arrested while conducting worship service at Gnanodaya Assemblies of God Church, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians.
According to the advocacy group, about five people belonging to a Hindu extremist organization disrupted the service and began to physically attack the pastor. more >>
Hundreds of Muslims in the divided region of Kashmir took to the streets Monday night in violent protest over the reported desecration of Qurans in the United States.
Over a dozen people have reportedly died in the clash that ensued between police and protesters, and a Christian private school was set ablaze in the volatile Himalayan region.
While violence and protests in Kashmir have been ongoing since June, Monday’s protests shifted from India’s rule over the disputed region to anti-Quran actions in the United States, where footage was taken of demonstrators tearing out pages from Islam's sacred text over the weekend. more >>